Mid-August? Already? Where has the summer gone? I actually finished this book right before graduation. In June. I'm a bit (very far) behind...sorry!
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer is epic and I love it. Epic because it's quite large, over 700 pages (!) and because she recreates an entire era through beautifully detailed descriptions and dialogue.
I love it because it's set in Hungary (! x 100) and Paris during World War II. Budapest, 1939- Andras Lévi leaves Budapest to attend the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris. Leaving behind his family and all that he knows, Andras heads to France where he learns about life and love and all things good (and bad) in life. He falls in love with an older woman (intrigue! passion!) and drama ensues...
When war breaks out, Andras is forced to return to Hungary, but it is dangerous for Klara (his ladyfriend) to return to Hungary, but she does nonetheless. Briefly reunited with his family, Andras is soon sent to a labor camp where he endures the trials of war and the far-reaching anti-Semitism that infected Europe.
The Invisible Bridge is a beautiful story of family, love, life, loss, hope, war...see, I told you it was epic! It's all encompassing and beautifully written. I highly recommend you check it out.